By Vladimir Nabokov
Glory is the wryly ironic tale of Martin Edelweiss, a twenty-two-year-old Russian émigré of no account, who's in love with a lady who refuses to marry him. Convinced that his lifestyles is ready to be wasted and hoping to provoke his love, he embarks on a "perilous, daredevil project"--an unlawful try to re-enter the Soviet Union, from which he and his mom had fled in 1919. He succeeds--but at a poor price.
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After checking his bag and purchasing a price tag for the night teach to Riga, he seated himself within the resonant station café the place he was once introduced a customary sunburst of fried eggs. within the newest factor of an émigré weekly that he learn as he ate he came upon a vicious overview of Bubnov’s most modern e-book Caravella. Having appeased his starvation, he lit a cigarette and regarded round. a tender woman on the nearest desk sat writing, and wiping her tears. She checked out him for an rapid with dim rainy eyes, urgent her pencil opposed to her lips, and, having stumbled on the be aware she sought, scribbled back, keeping her pencil the best way young ones do: nearly on the tip, with forefinger tensely bent. Black coat opened at neck, shabby rabbit-fur collar, amber beads, delicate white neck, handkerchief crumpled in fist. He paid for his meal and, making plans to stick with her, all started looking ahead to her to wake up. but if she had comprehensive writing, she leaned her elbows at the desk and persisted to take a seat there, taking a look up, with parted lips. She remained sitting for a very long time whereas someplace past the windowpanes trains have been leaving, and Martin, who needed to get to the Latvian consulate prior to final time, made up our minds to offer her simply 5 mins extra, and pass. The 5 mins handed. “All i might do will be to invite her to fulfill me for a drink within the afternoon—only that,” he pleaded mentally, imagining even as how he could allude to perilous trip and the way she could weep. one other minute handed. “All correct, overlook it,” acknowledged Martin, and, throwing his raincoat over his shoulder within the English demeanour, made for the go out. forty five The taxi sped with a susurrous sound; he favourite the Tiergarten crowding round him, the beautiful hot tints of its autumn foliage: “O dismal interval, visible enchantment—” Flowerless yet nonetheless luxurious chestnut bushes checked out their very own mirrored image within the canal. As he drove over the bridge Martin famous Hercules’ stone lion and famous that the lately repaired a part of its tail nonetheless remained too white and might most likely take decades to procure the professional tinge of the remainder of the group—how a lot? ten, fifteen years? Why is it so tough to visualize oneself at 40? The basement ground of the Latvian consulate was once alive with humans. “Knock-knock” went the rubber stamp. inside of a couple of minutes the Swiss citizen Edelweiss had pop out of there and walked over to a close-by gloomy mansion the place he got the cheap Lithuanian transit visa. Now he may possibly hunt down Darwin. His resort confronted the Zoological Gardens. “Not in,” stated the clerk. “No, I don’t understand while he’ll be again. ” “How tiresome,” proposal Martin returning to the road. “I must have given him a distinct date—not basically ‘one of those days. ’ A blunder. How tiresome! ” He checked out his watch. part prior 11. His passport was once so as, his price ticket used to be in his pocket. The day which had introduced itself as full of task by surprise became out to be empty. What subsequent? stopover at the zoo? Write mom a letter? No, that will come later. yet whereas he was once meditating, muffled paintings went on within the depths of his cognizance.